Friday, April 26, 2019
By Manoj Kumawat
Latest Buzz: Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza to be manufactured at Toyota’s Plant
A few years ago, Totyota and Maruti showed their interest in working together in a few markets, two years down the line, the alliance is about to bear fruit. Now, Maruti Suzuki has shared that that it will make use of the unutilised production capacity of Toyota's Bengaluru plant to assemble the Vitara Brezza.
The annual production capacity of Toyota Kirloskar Motor is 3,10,000 units. Maruti is further planning to manufacture its Vitara Brezza in this plant as more than half of its capacity is left unexploited. Along with Vitara Brezza, Maruti’s Baleno will be among the first two models that’ll be cross badged by Toyota for the Indian market.
R.C. Bhargava- Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India said, "Toyota has some spare capacity in their Bangalore plant. We will use that capacity to manufacture the Brezza. That saves us the investment which otherwise would have been required. We will utilise that capacity, so it's a win-win for both of us. We get cars without making any investment and they get something to use their capacity. So we are all looking always to maximise the efficiency of the total system."
According to the sources, we have found carmaker- Maruti Suzuki saying that it will phase out current diesel engines from its line-up by April 1, 2020. The company has also reaffirmed that the Vitara Brezza will soon be offered with the petrol engine and chances are that the company may introduce the in-house developed 1.5-litre DDiS 225 diesel engine if it sees substantial demand for diesel variants in the segment.
The Maruti Suzuki vehicles that are Toyota badged are expected by a later date of 2019 or in early 2020. There is also a possibility that Maruti will be manufacturing the Vitara Brezza with all-new engines at Toyota's second plant in Bengaluru.